Canon Japan has announced the IXY 32S, a variant of the IXY 31S (IXUS 310 HS/ELPH 500 HS) with touch-shutter control. As with the existing model, it features a 12.1MP back-lit CMOS sensor, 24-105mm equivalent, F2.0-5.8 lens and 3.2" 16:9 touch screen. It's not clear whether there are any hardware differences, preventing touch-shutter being added to existing models by firmware update. Canon's touch-shutter implementation is unusual in that it doesn't fire the shutter until the user's finger is removed - meaning the camera can be pre-focused to avoid focus lag, but at the risk of being focused in the wrong position for a moving subject. For now, it appears to be a Japan-only model.

Press Release:

Canon IXY 32S features new 'Touch Shutter enabling users to capture the shots they want

TOKYO, July 14, 2011—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the introduction to the Japanese market of the IXY 32S, a 12.1-megapixel compact digital camera featuring a bright f/2.0 lens and the HS System, along with an LCD touch-screen monitor that newly incorporates a Touch Shutter function.

Inheriting the same outstanding basic performance as the IXY 31S, released in March this year, the IXY 32S's new Touch Shutter allows users to determine the ideal timing in which to capture a photo while viewing the scene on the camera's viewing monitor. The feature is supported by the wide 3.2 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio Clear Live LCD T monitor (approximately 461,000 dots), which delivers intuitive operation during both shooting and image playback. By applying a finger to the monitor users can select the focal point within the frame, and by lifting the finger from the screen, they can release the shutter to capture an image. In this way, Touch Shutter ensures that users get the shots they want without missing valuable opportunities, especially when shooting a moving subject, such as a child or a pet.

The IXY 32S incorporates a bright f/2.0 aperture, 24 mm*1 4.4x zoom lens that supports shooting at shutter speeds faster than ordinary lenses. Additionally, the camera is equipped with the HS System, which combines a low-noise, high-sensitivity 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon's high- performance DIGIC 4 image processor to realize exceptional imaging results even when shooting in low-light conditions, such as night scenes or indoors.

The Smart Auto function, with a total of 32 specially defined shooting scenes, includes Advanced Subject Detection, enabling the automatic detection and tracking of such non-human subjects as pets and vehicles to ensure that such subjects remain in focus with the proper exposure within the frame.

The new Canon IXY 32S supports the recording of Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 video at 24 frames per second (fps) with high-quality stereo sound. It also includes a Movie Digest mode*2 that automatically records short video clips of up to approximately four seconds during the seconds just before still images are captured, which are then combined to create a short movie highlighting the day's events.

The IXY 32S, available in four stylish color variations—pink, gold, silver and black—will go on sale in Japan on August 4, 2011, at an open price. Canon has set initial production at 20,000 units per month.

*1 35 mm film equivalent
*2 Records at 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps